Agriculturist sees increase in vegetable prices

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

DAVAO City can expect an increase in the prices of vegetables as demand is rising after wholesalers from Luzon are getting some of their supply in the city after two typhoons devastated most parts of the region, said an agriculturist.

Leonardo Avila, City Agriculturist Office (CAO) chief, however, could not give an estimate as to how much the increase could be.

"Since market-driven ang increase, dili nato jud na siya ma determine sa karon kay daghan nga mga factors ang angay i-consider (Since the increase is market-driven, there are several factors to consider before we could come up with more details)," Avila said.

After Typhoons Pedring and Quiel devastated Luzon two weeks ago, Metro Manila had recorded a significant increase on some basic commodities, particularly on agricultural products.

Some market vendors attributed the increase primarily on the source of their supply, adding that most of the wholesalers are getting their supply from Davao City.

Despite this, Avila said the increase will only range from 10-20 percent as compared to the prevailing market price.

Avila said, however, that Dabawenyos had nothing to worry since this may or may not happen.

Even if Luzon suppliers are getting their supplies in Davao vegetable farms, there are still enough supply for the local markets.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 10, 2011.

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